In Depth

  • Lightweight PV modules being installed

    Lightweight module durability: Working to address a market barrier

    Guest Blog | By Dr Cordula Schmid - 03 February 2015, 10:28

    Lightweight crystalline PV modules promise a potentially large new market for solar, as well as addressing a variety of problems such as transportation costs. But further work is needed to establish their performance and durability, says Fraunhofer’s Cordula Schmid.

  • Roadmap: Bifacial solar cells a key focus for Applied Materials

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 02 February 2015, 10:15

    The dark days for the PV equipment sector are nearing an end after three years of strict capital cash management and reduced R&D spending by cell and module manufacturers, brought on by chronic overcapacity. Mark Osborne speaks to Applied Materials’ Jim Mullin for his thoughts on where PV cell technology is headed next.

  • Utility-scale storage

    Grid-connected PV energy storage installations to triple in 2015

    Guest Blog | By Sam Wilkinson - 27 January 2015, 10:58

    Ahead of a free webinar from IHS Technology and PV Tech next month, IHS analyst Sam Wilkinson discusses some of key trends shaping the market for energy storage in PV in 2015.

  • China solar

    China 2014 – still 10.5 to 12GW despite new policies favouring distributed solar PV

    Guest Blog | By Frank Haugwitz - 20 January 2015, 05:00

    Throughout 2014, there were widespread reports of China’s struggles to hit ambitious PV targets set at the start of the year. Beijing-based solar expert, Frank Haugwitz, lays bare the difficulties China experienced and offers his analysis of what the year-end tally will be for Asian giant.

  • Josefin Berg, IHS

    PV Talk: Emerging markets in 2015 with IHS

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 15 January 2015, 11:10 | 1

    Last year saw a number of emerging solar markets begin to fulfil their potential, setting up some promising prospects for 2015. Josefin Berg, senior solar analyst at market research firm, IHS, discusses the emerging-market highlights of 2014 and what to expect in 2015.

  • BiSoN

    Bifaciality: One small step for technology, one giant leap for kWh cost reduction

    Guest Blog | By Dr Joris Libal,Dr Radovan Kopecek - 13 January 2015, 09:26 | 8

    Bifacial cell and module technologies are gradually finding their way into mass production. Radovan Kopecek and Joris Libal of ISC Konstanz explain why they think the future is bifacial.

  • Stephan Raithel

    PV Talk: A steady return to health for PV tool manufacturers

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 12 January 2015, 12:15

    Although one of the defining trends of 2014 was the flurry of PV cell and module capacity expansion announcements, PV manufacturing equipment suppliers are only just starting to see this translate into new orders. Ben Willis asked Stephan Raithel of trade association, SEMI, what 2015 holds in store for this battered segment of the upstream PV industry.

  • PV Tech

    Top 10 PV Tech news stories of 2014

    Editors' Blog | By Mark Osborne - 06 January 2015, 12:41

    After what was a busy year for solar, that saw big strides forward for the global industry, Mark Osborne takes a look at the PV Tech stories that most caught our readers’ eye.

  • PV materials

    Enough to go around? Raw materials and limits to growth in solar energy

    Guest Blog | By Chris Berry - 16 December 2014, 08:22 | 2

    Political and regulatory disruption often get the most attention as the likely brakes on solar’s future growth. But a more pressing concern is the availability of crucial materials, says Chris Berry.

  • Templin PV project in Germany, using First Solar modules.

    The energy transition: redefining investment portfolios

    Guest Blog | By Christopher Burghardt - 12 December 2014, 00:02

    Last week Germany’s E.ON announced its divestment from fossil fuels and a focus on renewable energy. First Solar’s Christopher Burghardt explains why solar is becoming an increasingly sound bet for investors.

Publications

  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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